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Senior Center Program Manager Certification (SPMC)

What is a Senior Center Program Manager Certification?
The intent of certification as a Senior Center Program Manager is to encourage continuing professional growth and development of individuals who work with and for older adults. It is further intended that certification will provide a statewide standard that can be used as a measure of professionalism by interested agencies and individuals. Additionally, certification could well assist agencies in the recruitment process for senior center administration and operation and their justification for salary increments.

Senior Center professionals realize the complexity of their jobs and know that their skills must range from personnel and facility management to fund development and recreational programming. Also, some individuals working with older adult programs must be adept at fiscal management, program planning and implementation, as well as volunteer management.

What is required to achieve a SPMC Certification?
To apply for certification as a Senior Center Program Manager, the individual's primary role is responsibility for planning, budgeting, implementing, managing, publicized and evaluating specific programs within the last 2 years. The applicant must be working as a Senior Center Program Manager in the year the application is completed.

Certification Requirements

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Two (2) years experience at a Senior Center. (Must work a minimum of 15 hours weekly)
  • Demonstrate Body of Knowledge.
  • Your Center must meet Michigan Association of Senior Centers' Senior Center criteria.

Certification Renewal
Certification renewal is required every three (3) years. Your supervisor must provide verification that you have initiated and implemented a minimum of FIVE NEW programs within the center during the past three (3) years.

How do I apply, and what does it cost?
Contact the MASC Standards Committee to request an SPMC application packet. Applications are accepted from January 1 through June 30 for certificates that are awarded at the Michigan Association of Senior Centers' Annual Conference in the fall. Applicants are notified of the status of their application prior to the conference. If deficiencies are discovered during the certification process, applicants are notified and allowed the opportunity to make corrections or additions. Successful applicants will receive the title Senior Center Program Manager Certified (SPMC).

Payable at the time of application.
Certification: $35 member $70 non-member
Renewal: $25 member $50 non member

Please direct inquiries to:
Rina Chemin, CPRP, SDC, Standards Committee
Michigan Association of Senior Centers
7190 N. Maple
Saline, MI 48176

Michigan Association of Senior Centers
P.O. Box 235
Milford, MI 48381

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